The biggest winner from the first presidential debate? Big Bird.
Early in the debate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney laid out examples of what budget cuts he would make, if he was elected. Among the cuts he outlined were government funding for PBS, which airs Sesame Street.
"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS," Romney said. "I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird ... But I'm not going to -- I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That's number one."
The comment caused a firestorm online. Twitter's government and politics team reported: "17,000 Tweets per minute for 'Big Bird' and 10,000 Tweets per minute for 'PBS'."
There even was a Facebook page created for "Big Bird for President," which has more than 550 likes.
Many tweets weren't the most favorable for the former Massachusetts governor. Among them:
Look what Mitt Romney has done to me... twitpic.com/b0syqt— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
And, in true Internet form, this new joke blended with other recent news:
Romney will fire Big Bird and Cookie Monster and replace them with the replacement refs #bigbird— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
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